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Powerful and highly extensible command-line based document and bibliography manager

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Papis is a powerful and highly extensible command-line based document and bibliography manager.


Learn more:

  • Take a look at the documentation!

  • The folks at OSTechNix have dedicated us a review, you may also check it out here.

  • A review in Spanish is also available at ubunlog.

Main features

  • Synchronizing of documents: put your documents in some folder and synchronize it using the tools you love: git, dropbox, rsync, OwnCloud, Google Drive … whatever.

  • Share libraries with colleagues without forcing them to open an account, nowhere, never.

  • Download directly paper information from DOI number via Crossref.

  • (optional) scihub support, use the example papis script examples/scripts/papis-scihub to download papers from scihub and add them to your library with all the relevant information, in a matter of seconds, also you can check the documentation here.

  • Import from Zotero and other managers using papis-zotero <>_.

  • Create custom scripts to help you achieve great tasks easily (doc).

  • Export documents into many formats (bibtex, yaml..)

  • Command-line granularity, all the power of a library at the tip of your fingers.


Contributions are very welcome! Take a look at the files for general rules, for possible contribution topics and for additional code-related information.

Super quick start

Install papis with pip3

sudo pip3 install papis

Let us download a couple of documents


Now add them to the (defaultly created) library, you can set any keyword you like already when adding documents, for instance you can set the year –set year 2018 or tags for organizing –set tags programming,

papis add libc.pdf --set author "Sandra Loosemore" --set title "GNU C reference manual" --set year 2018 --set tags programming --confirm
# Get paper information automatically via de DOI
papis add --from doi 10.1090/noti963 --set tags programming rnoti-p434.pdf

Now open one for example, or edit them

papis open
papis edit

superquickstartsvg1 Or edit them and export them to bibtex

papis export --all --bibtex > mylib.bib


find help messages in all commands:

papis -h
papis add -h



See the AUTHORS list for a list of authored commits.

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